Love it, Like it, Hate it: Coffee Drinks for Black Friday Shopping Pick-Me-Up

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Looking for a pick-me-up to help fuel your Black Friday shopping?  Stopping into your local coffee shop is a fast, easy fix, but you may be getting way more than you bargained for:  Coffee itself is super nutritious – with almost zero calories, it’s one of the top source of antioxidants in our diet. But coffee drinks are often loaded with sugar, specialty coffee drinks can pack in more calories than a fast food combo meal, so today we’re Getting the Skinny with Molly on top coffee picks and worst bets!





Black Coffee, or Coffee Drinks with the following:

  • Fat-free, low-fat, or unsweetened almond milk
  • Skip whipped cream, sauces, and syrups
  • Flavored coffee: Request Sugar-Free syrup, or even better, keep it all-natural & calorie-free with flavored coffee beans – beans tossed with flavored extracts, like Southern Pecan, French Vanilla, and Hazelnut


Coming Soon:  PJ’s Eat Fit Protein Velvet Ice!

Per 16 oz Medium:  230 calories –  22 grams carbs – 8 grams sugar (~3 grams added sugar) – 21 grams protein


PJ’s Coffee Skinny Vanilla Latte

  • 16 oz medium: 120 calories – 0 saturated fat – 18 gram carb – 16 grams sugar – 11 grams protein


Smoothie King Almond Mocha High Protein “Make it Skinny”

  • 20 oz: 320 calories, 2 grams sat fat, 25 grams carb, 3 grams fiber, 18 grams sugar, 31 grams protein
  • Ingredients: Whey Protein, Protein Blend, Cold Brew Coffee, Almonds, Non-Fat Dry Milk, Sunrise Cocoa





PJ’s Coffee Granita

  • 160 calories – 3 grams saturated fat – 23 grams carb – 19 grams sugar – 5 grams protein per 16-oz
  • Can add more sweetness with SF flavors like SF vanilla, caramel, chocolate, & white chocolate


Starbuck’s Mocha Light Frappuccino Blend

  • Per 16 oz Grande: 160 calories – 0 sat fat – 28 grams carbs – 26 grams sugar – 4 grams protein
  • Note: Most other “Light” Frappuccino flavors (e.g. Cinnamon Dolce, Caramel Brulee, Salted Caramel, Eggnog) have 33-37 grams sugar per 16-ounce Grande





McDonald’s McCafe Frappe Mocha

  • Per 16 oz Medium: 500 calories – 13 grams sat fat – 73 grams carbs – 65 grams sugar – 8 grams protein


Starbuck’s Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha w/ whole milk + whipped cream

  • Per 16 oz Grande: 570 calories – 14 grams sat fat – 82 grams carbs – 79 grams sugar – 13 grams protein


Starbuck’s Peppermint White Chocolate Frappuccino w/ whole milk + whipped cream

  • Per 16 oz Grande: 480 calories – 11 grams sat fat – 79 grams carbs – 78 grams sugar – 5 grams protein


Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee Coolata – Hazelnut, Vanilla, or Caramel

  • Per 24-oz Medium: 740 calories – 22 grams sat fat – 106 grams carbs – 96 grams sugar – 7 grams protein


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